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Ikebana is no simple flower art

Staff Reporter

Mission is to place the Japanese technique in proper perspective



POPULAR ART: A visitor examines an arrangement at the Ikebana exhibition held at Lalit Kala Akademi recently.

CHENNAI: An exhibition, `Lines, Colour, Form in Ikebana' was organised by ABK-AOTS Dosokai, Tamil Nadu Centre and Sogetsu Study Circle, Chennai.

Ikebana is a Japanese style of flower arrangement, although it is viewed more as an art form. It has its roots in Buddhism.

The influence of Zen Buddhism was felt in Ikebana through a combination of aesthetics, naturalism and simplicity besides other forms of artistic expression such as poetry and calligraphy.

With the intrusion of Western trends into Japanese life and culture, there was a mushrooming of several schools and styles of Ikebana. Each school interprets the use of line and naturalism in characteristic styles.

Some of the popular schools are Sogetsu, Ohara, Ichiyo and Saga Goryu. The oldest is the Ikenobo.

As modern Ikebana takes the flight of imagination to newer heights and opens up fresh vistas, the significance of this art form, as envisaged by ancient Buddhist priests, remains its proximity to Nature.

The organisers' mission is to place Ikebana in proper perspective amidst the gamut of exhibitions organised in Chennai.

Though Ikebana is rather simplistically slotted as a flower exhibition, the Sogetsu Study Circle aims to take cross-cultural appreciation of this art form several paces forward in Chennai.

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